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Week In Words: Solid monsters possible source of leaking
While national politics are delving into their predictable fracas over these past couple of weeks, locally, we’ve seen some renewed interest in city and borough consolidation. This topic rears its head up every now and then, and despite the complexity of merging two local governments, the etymology of “consolidate” is pretty, well, solid. I talked about the prefix “com” (a cousin of “con” in “convention”) in last ...
Jul 28, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Small rocket launch possible this year
Visitors to Narrow Cape are sure to notice changes at Kodiak’s rocket launch facility as it prepares for upcoming Missile Defense Agency launches, but there may be launch activity prior to the military’s use of the facility. According to Alaska Aerospace Corp. CEO Craig Campbell, the company is in talks with an unnamed client who could produce a rocket launch at the Pacific Spaceport Complex Alaska as soon as this...
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Country-crossing curator
The Baranov Museum welcomed its new curator of collections and exhibits Tuesday. Alana Blumenthal takes the position vacated by Anjuli Grantham in late May. According to museum director Tiffany Brunson, Blumenthal, who spent the past five years at the Loudoun Museum in Leesburg, Virginia, as curator and director of administration, has the experience she was looking for. “Since we’re a small museum, I need a curato...
Jul 27, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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Healthy Kodiak: Even diet sodas do some dental damage
One of the many reasons kids love summer so much is the increased availability of sugary treats. Ice pops, ice cream, frozen yogurt, candy, bubble gum and soda taste especially good in hot weather when you have been running around outside. Unfortunately, these treats can accelerate tooth decay if kids are not careful to brush and floss and use fluoride rinse. Even medicines that kids may use regularly have a lot o...
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History of defeat: City, KIB have clashed over consolidation
Murmurs about consolidation have gone around for decades, and three times in the Kodiak Island Borough’s history, the idea reached formal actionbefore falling apart. 1978 According to articles in the Kodiak Daily Mirror archives, the first major attempt was in 1978 when unification, combining all of the governments within the borough, was rejected at the polls. The Mirror reported that the villages opposed it beca...
Jul 27, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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Runway extension complete
The extension of the Kodiak Benny Benson State Airport is finished, with new land extending into the sea for a safety measure. Airports typically lengthen the runway to provide extra space for overruns, but some airports like Kodiak’s, with a mountain on one end and ocean on the other, don’t have the space. “If there’s no land, what can you do?” said Linda Bustamente, a development specialist with the statewide av...
Jul 26, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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Green wins out in energy game
Children and their families gathered atop Pillar Mountain Saturday to learn more about sustainable resources for power, part of the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center’s Happy Trails program. “We’re here to talk about energy today,” said Jerusha Turner, a student conservation associate for the KNWR Visitor Center. Underneath the spinning blades of the first of the mountain’s windmills, Turner described ...
Jul 26, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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First use of new dock
The Alaska Marine Highway System ferry Tustumena tied up at the new Pier 1 dock in downtown Kodiak for the first time, Friday. Destruction of the old dock began in November 2014, but was stalled due to a permitting issue because of sea lions too close to the work area. Destruction and construction began again in October 2015. According to Department of Transportation spokesman Jeremy Woodrow, although the dock is ...
Jul 25, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ketchikan hands Post 17 tough times
Kodiak Post 17 finished the American Legion baseball regular season with a tough 3-2 eight-inning loss to Ketchikan Saturday at Bartlett. The Kings, who secured the No. 8 seed to next week’s state tournament with the win, took the first game of the doubleheader 15-5. Kodiak (1-17 league, 3-22 overall) will play Fairbanks 30 at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the double-elimination Matson Invitational at Bartlett. Fairbanks i...
Jul 25, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Letter: Borough brings little to talk of merger with city
To the editor: Consolidation? Really? At a time when our state is $4.5 billion dollars in the hole and the Legislature is too focused on personal agendas to actually work for its citizens, except to cut funds to local communities? I find it incredible that the borough assembly we elected to work for the betterment of all of us would attempt to force a bigger, more expensive government on the citizens of Kodiak jus...
Jul 25, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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